The Kansas State Fair is held in Hutchison, Kansas. This year, the dates for the fair are September 8-17, 2006. The history of the Kansas State Fair began early. It was first held in 1873, and has been growing ever since. The Kansas Star Fair has gone through a lot of changes, but one thing has remained certain. It is an event that many look forward to every year, and the goal of making the fair bigger and better every year seems to be reached, with new and interesting exhibits, activities and entertainment.
There are so many things to do at the Kansas State Fair. If you want to show off your talents at things like growing produce, cooking, or quilting, you can compete against others for top honors and bragging rights. The daily Grandstand entertainment includes a wide variety of stars to fit anyone’s tastes, from Bill Engvall to Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynyrd to Trace Adkins. There are also motor sport events, like the Rockin’ Monster Truck Fest, demolition derby, and truck and tractor pulls.
Another interesting thing to do at the fair is to get married. This is a contest for the chance to get married in front of 100 of your closest family and friends on the Midway at the fair. All the couple has to do is write a 150 word essay about why you should be the lucky couple. This essay, along with a recent photo will be judged along with others for creativity, originality and sentimentality. The top ten finalists will be chosen by August 31, 2006, and posted on the state fair website. Then, visitors to the site get to vote on which of the ten couples should get married. The couple chosen will be provided with a wedding gown, ceremony and flowers, and the chance to enjoy all the rides, activities and food on the Midway. This could be the wedding you tell your children about.
The Kansas State Fair is held at 2000 North Poplar Street in Hutchison. The hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of the fair, and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and the last Friday and Saturday hours of the fair being from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Buying tickets in advance will save you money, and they can be purchased from the Kansas State Fair ticket office. The prices for advance tickets are $5 for adults ages 13-59, seniors over 60 are $4, children ages 5-12 are $3, and children under the age of five are admitted for free. Meal tickets are $1 and can be used at any State Fair concession stand. Regular ticket prices start on September 8th, and the prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. A season pass sells for $30, and the buyer can come as often as they like during the fair. Tickets for the carnival rides are sold separately.